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The Longmont Leader accepts op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Do you have something you would like to share about the community? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about? Let us know. 

To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff.

Ask the Introvert: Silence is golden – and stressful – for introverts. Here's what to do about it.

Ask the Introvert: Silence is golden – and stressful – for introverts. Here's what to do about it.

We can turn an awkward-feeling quiet patch into a kindness-fueled connection.
Get Growing: A new Leader column aimed helping you start your own urban farm

Get Growing: A new Leader column aimed helping you start your own urban farm

In this column, we are going to discuss anything and everything that has to do with growing your own food. Along the way, we are likely going to get some pro tips from the fantastic and knowledgeable local farmers in our community.
Money Monday: How do I downsize enough to no longer have a mortgage?

Money Monday: How do I downsize enough to no longer have a mortgage?

Mr. Money Mustache helps a Longmont resident decide which option will help her realize her dream.
Money Monday: What is the impact on inflation if the government pumps money into the economy?

Money Monday: What is the impact on inflation if the government pumps money into the economy?

"The best way to prepare for an uncertain future is with a resilient network of skills, local friendships, health and a low cost of life," Adeney said.
Ask the Introvert: Introverts are passionate voters and can inspire others to vote, too

Ask the Introvert: Introverts are passionate voters and can inspire others to vote, too

Voting combines ideas, passion and action in a powerfully quiet way. No wonder introspective introverts are natural fans.
Inside the Ballot Box: Repeal Gallagher with Amendment B

Inside the Ballot Box: Repeal Gallagher with Amendment B

"Even in ordinary times, I would still be for repeal, because I believe in public education and public service, and that local government is essential in people’s lives. But these are not ordinary times, and we mustn’t let ideological considerations overwhelm the very practical necessity of simply holding society together."
Money Monday: 4% rule is alive and well

Money Monday: 4% rule is alive and well

Four percent is actually a fairly conservative figure, based on the worst historical conditions, rather than the average ones.
Centura Health on health: Narcotics in America and the need for alternative pain treatment

Centura Health on health: Narcotics in America and the need for alternative pain treatment

Prescription drugs were involved in nearly a third of overdose deaths in 2018. For a point of reference, only 3,442 people died from prescription drug overdoses in 1999.
Longmont Wild: What’s the science behind nature’s fall fashion show?

Longmont Wild: What’s the science behind nature’s fall fashion show?

When fall rolls around, the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler. This signals trees to stop making food and to prepare for winter. Because the green pigment chlorophyll is no longer needed to make food for the tree, it breaks down, which allows other pigments to show through. 
Money Monday: What do I do with extra money I want to save for retirement?

Money Monday: What do I do with extra money I want to save for retirement?

You can always add to your “retirement” balance, even after retirement.